Filmmaker Spike Lee usually says what he thinks and lets the chips fall where they may. But he grew shy the other day, telling reporters that his latest work must speak for itself.
That may be because his four-hour film When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts - based on Hurricane Katrina devastating New Orleans - is as much an indictment as it is a documentary.
He lets a hundred voices of displaced and disoriented New Orleans residents do the talking for him. In a review of the film, Newsweek said, “The result is arguably the most essential work of his 20-year career.”
The film, originally meant to be only two hours long, chronicles how a great American city was reduced to rubble by a Category 5 hurricane.